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Isabelle Francois

Director of Innovation, Medvia, Belgium

Isabelle is a bioengineer with a passion for healthcare and a sweet spot for science. In her role, she combines these two passions as she deals on a daily basis with future technological innovations, which is a nice bonus for a bioengineer. Isabelle is co-chair of the healthcare community at XR Valley and chair of the external advisory board of the KU Leuven Digital Society Institute.

Before her position at MEDVIA, Isabelle was Managing Director of Health House, a unique experience platform where the future of healthcare is showcased to medical professionals and the public in an innovative and highly technological way. Before Health House, Isabelle was Intellectual Property (IP) Officer at KU Leuven Research & Development where she was responsible for writing patents and negotiating contracts between the university and other institutions. Before this Isabelle was Coordinator Clinical Trials at Fugeia, a company in the food industry.  Isabelle obtained her degree in bioengineering in cell and gene biotechnology in 1997 and she obtained her PhD in Applied Biological Sciences in 2001. She has conducted scientific research in the field of antifungal medicine and is (co-)author of more than 30 peer-reviewed international articles.

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